The dark side of travelling to the Maldives: Wife is forced to leave behind her tradie husband’s body after he drowned on their holiday – with loved ones begging for help via GoFundMe to help pay for the huge cost of bringing him home
- Beloved tradie and father drowned overseas leaving his wife to fly home alone
- Justin Grainger’s wife Amanda cannot afford to fly his body back from overseas
- Mr Grainger’s body remains in the Maldives as family and friends wish him home
The widowed wife of a larrikin plumber has been forced to leave her husband in the Maldives, unable to fly his body home, after he drowned near an idyllic resort.
What should have been a relaxing family holiday became a nightmare for 41-year-old Justin Grainger’s wife Amanda and their young daughter on Saturday.
The accident left the family distraught, and – unable to fund a return flight for Mr Grainger’s body – led them fly home without their beloved husband and father.
The beloved father and husband’s body is still overseas while the family struggle pulling the finances together to bring him home (pictured: Tragically deceased Jud Grainger and his wife Amanda)
Mr Grainger was on an idyllic resort holiday with his wife and young daughter in the Maldives when he passed away
The young plumber and wife Amanda were childhood sweethearts.
Both extended family and friends were left shocked and heartbroken by the tradie’s sudden death, banding together to raise money to bring his body home.
‘A husband and father of two daughters, (Mr Grainger) was on holidays in the Maldives when he tragically drowned,’ family friend Michelle Ryan wrote.
Mr Grainger and his wife Amanda (pictured with their daughter) were reportedly high-school sweethearts
The family’s idyllic holiday in the Maldives (pictured) was turned upside down by the drowning death of Mr Grainger
‘He was a guy who loved to have a chat with strangers, he would offer help to anyone he came in contact with, he was incredibly generous and loved a joke or prank.’
‘(He was) so humble that he never would have believed the amount people whose lives were better for having him in it,’ Ms Ryan explained.
The money friends and family have so far raised is put towards bringing Mr Grainger’s body back to Digger’s Rest, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
Mr Grainger’s (pictured with his wife) family and friends have rallied to raise enough money to bring the body of the young plumber home
His sister-in-law was among the many to make a heartfelt tribute, saying she had always wanted a brother and felt like she had one when her sister met Mr Grainger.
‘You had a passion for living and giving to others in ways no one else did, you would quite literally give anyone the shirt off your back.
‘You could walk into a room and make life long friends with anyone you met… you always had a way to make everyone smile with a corny joke or twisted humour,’ she wrote.
Mr Grainger, she wrote, spoiled all his girls rotten – from his daughter to his in-laws, nieces and wife.
‘Every time I crack open a beer you will be there in my thoughts,’ she wrote.
It’s not clear whether the family had taken out travel insurance.
The costs of bringing back a body from overseas vary depending on the weight of the body and coffin and various airport fees but the price can often run well over $15,000.
So far, friends of the family have raised $14,665, nearly half of the money required to bring him home. on their GoFundMe page.